Don’t do it.

If you’re mad, don’t do it.

If you’re uncertain it’s necessary, don’t do it.

If you feel intensely that you must send the message RIGHT NOW, don’t do it.

Just don’t.

Generally speaking, the number one best rule of thumb for professional email etiquette in regard to the REPLY ALL button is to not use it.

In the best of times, email is a flat and tricky communication stage.

Email communication is easy to misinterpret and rife with potential for conflict in team dynamics.

The most effective email communications are:

  • Timely
  • Appropriate
  • Necessary
  • Productive

Many teams find it helpful to establish communication protocols for email. An example of a commonly used model is:

Email messages will be

  • Private
  • Productive
  • Professional
  • Positive

Another more annotated model asserts:

Email communications will speak:

  • Abundantly
  • Accurately
  • Appropriately
  • Aptly
  • Advisedly
  • Anointedly

It is often helpful for teams and families come to consensus on how they agree to communicate with each other.

Professionally, I plan to fast the REPLY ALL button at every opportunity.

Personally, as a Mamma, I am convicted to prayerfully contemplate the challenge to communicate anointedly.

Imagine how much more access my children would have to The Face of Love were every word I spoke earnestly considered and intended to bless.

The idea humbles and inspires me.

There was a time you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now you never show it to me, do you?
And remember when I moved in with you
The holy dove was moving too
And every breath we drew was Hallelujah
Hallelujah,
Hallelujah
Hallelujah,
Hallelujah!